April 26, 2003, Chandigarh, India
Girl bazar: murkier goings-on come to fore
Mansa, April 25
The police got freed a girl brought here for sale. The Boha police was looking for Bengali pimp Raju and raided several places to arrest him.
Meanwhile the arrested woman is said to have disclosed that she had sold a 20-year-old girl to Major Singh of Dalel Singh Wala village of the district for Rs 8,000 who kept the girl with him for 18 months and further sold her for Rs 20,000. In addition to it four days ago, a girl was sold for Rs 35,000 in Maghania village of the district. The said woman also sold one girl to Sukhwinder Singh of Khudal village of the district who allegedly raped her repeatedly after administering her intoxicants leading her to lose balance of mind. The Bareta police raided the house of the said person and found the girl but she was unable to speak. Residents of Maghania village say that the ‘girl bazar’ was functioning in the village under the patronage of the police. The arrest of the woman was only a “drama” by the police and the woman will appear in the village again shortly and start her ‘business after two or three days. Meanwhile one such girl (19) who was purchased for Rs 30,000 by Gurmail Singh (27), a labourer of Dhaipi village of the district 45 days earlier from Geelu of Malerkotla in Sangrur district has been admitted today in the Civil Hospital here.
The doctor attending to her told The Tribune that she had suffering from perforation of Gut meaning that she under-went several abortions, she said that she was brought to Punjab by her maternal aunt under the pretext of her treatment in Punjab but she sold her . She is very weak and unable to tell her tale. Gurmail Singh, who purchased, her said that he has asked Geelu through Darshan Singh, a resident of Dhaipi village for the refund of Rs 30,000 by returning her. Till date no case has been registered in this regard. Efforts to contact the Senior Superintendent of Police, Mansa, were futile.
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